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Adele McConnell: From sales manager 
to recipe e-book creator

More than three years ago, Adele McConnell, a state sales manager, started posting photos of her vegetarian food creations on Facebook.

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Naomi Watts: “Why I had to play Diana”

Naomi Watts has put herself under intense scrutiny for her decision to take on the 
role of the late Princess of Wales. She explains to MiNDFOOD why she felt compelled to tackle what has been the 
most intimidating role of her career.

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Geraldine Cox and the Sunrise Children’s Village

We meet the inspirational woman behind the Sunrise Children’s Village & discover why she is ‘begging’ for Cambodian kids.

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The fight against global sex trafficking

Undercover agent Daniel Walker from the Invader Organisation speaks about his fight against the fastest growing form of slavery in the world: sex trafficking.

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Michelle Obama drops rap album to fight obesity

‘Veggie Luv’ and ‘You R What U Eat’ are just some of the songs you’ll find on Michelle Obama’s new rap album.

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SHOUT app revolutionises charity donations

There’s a new app on the block and it’s set to change the way Australians donate. We meet the creator of SHOUT.

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Charlize Theron and Zuma unite to fight Aids

UN Messenger for Peace Charlize Theron meets with South African President Jacob Zuma to discuss the fight against HIV and Aids.

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Re:START Christchurch

We catch up with the Christchurch Re:START program and find out what else is happening in this resilient city.

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From Bondi Beach to the slums of Columbia

We all dream about selling all our belongings, and travelling the world. But for these two humanitarian adventurers, it became a reality.ll

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Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday

We celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday as reports emerge of his improving health.

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‘We Held Hands’: A short story by Kathryn Freeman

Read Kathryn Freeman’s winning entry for the The Footpath Library and Macquarie Short Story Competition.

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5 minutes with Rachel Taulelei

We talk toWellington on a Plate Chair and ‘Master Shucker’ Rachel Taulelei about this year’s festival highlights.

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Malala Yousafzai: “Education can change the world”

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for attending school, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations.

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Global Citizen: ending world poverty via music

Ahead of its Auckland concert date, we look at the humble beginnings of the festival ending world poverty: Global Citizen.

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Ada Nicodemou talks coffee obsession

Home and Away star and Gold Logie winner Ada Nicodemou knows all too well about the benefits of a good cup of coffee. She discusses how the liquid gold is vital to balancing her busy life.

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Oprah tops Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list

After spending two years in the runners’ up position, Oprah Winfrey was named Forbes’ most powerful celebrity this week.

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Happy Simply Home

We talk to teacher and aid worker d’Arcy Lunn, a passionate participant in The End of Polio campaign, about buidling his Happy Simply sustainable homes.

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KidsCan: helping New Zealand kids

Not every child starts on an equal footing. KidsCan is helping to support the one in four New Zealand children living in poverty.

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Ben Affleck gets behind extreme poverty

Actor Ben Affleck is the latest to make a pledge to global poverty charity Live Below the Line.

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will.i.am donates $100,000 to New Zealand schools

Grammy Award winning Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has donated $100,000 to a group of New Zealand schools during his recent stopover at Auckland.

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Women and the water crisis

Women are at the front lines of the global water crisis, carrying the burden of water every day.

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Presidential Funnies

President Barack Obama’s 2013 White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech had the room in stitches, with tongue-in-cheek quips and one hilarious photo.

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Angelina Jolie Presses G8 Foreign Ministers Over Warzone Rape

Angelina Jolie joins foreign ministers at G8 summit in London to press for landmark measures to secure justice for victims of sexual violence in warzones.

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Michelle Obama wades into gun debate

As a general rule, First Ladies focus on very neutral issues, but this week Michelle Obama has weighed in on the US gun control debate, with a personal speech in her hometown of Chicago.

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